Saint Anthony’s Health Center Becomes First Illinois Hospital to Launch Specialists On Call’s Teleneurology Service

  Saint Anthony’s Health Center Becomes First Illinois Hospital to Launch
  Specialists On Call’s Teleneurology Service

Alton Hospital Now Providing Immediate 24/7 Access to Neurologists for Stroke
                          Patients via Telemedicine

Business Wire

ALTON, Ill. -- January 16, 2013

Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), the nation’s leading provider of acute
telemedicine services, announced today that its on-going expansion includes
delivering emergency on-call services in Illinois. SOC’s recent agreement with
Saint Anthony’s Health Center guarantees that patients suffering from stroke
or any other neurologic emergency will have immediate 24/7/365 access to board
certified, fellowship trained neurologists via telemedicine.

Saint Anthony’s Health Center is a two-campus, 199-bed acute care facility
located in Alton, Illinois. Since 1925, Saint Anthony’s Health Center has
served central Illinois and the surrounding areas and provided award winning
healthcare to its patients.

“We’re always investing in new technologies in order to provide our community
the best possible care,” commented E.J. Kuiper, Saint Anthony’s Health
Center’s President and CEO. “Specialists On Call’s teleneurology service is a
terrific offering that will pay tremendous dividends in the stroke care we
deliver to our patients.”

“As a member of the MidAmerica Stroke Network, we’re committed to providing
fast, high-level stroke care,” added Dr. Ghanem Abusbeih, Saint Anthony’s
Health Center’s ED Medical Director. “Teleneurology expedites that care. The
teleneurologist is available within fifteen minutes and is immediately able to
evaluate the patient’s CT scan which was performed upon their arrival. It’s
incredibly efficient and beneficial for our stroke patients.”

Specialists On Call currently provides teleneurology services to hospitals in
26 states and has conducted over 60,000 consultations via telemedicine since
the company’s inception. In addition to providing an industry leading
teleneurology service, SOC also offers hospitals a telepsychiatry service that
helps medical facilities with acute cases in their Emergency Department as
well as with coverage and consultations to inpatient psychiatric units.
Specialists On Call’s reliability and performance has earned them both a
leadership position within the telemedicine industry as well as The Joint
Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Specialists On Call’s CEO, Dr. Joe Peterson, added: “We’re proud to grow our
service in the Midwest and happy to enter Illinois with such an innovative
hospital as Saint Anthony’s Health Center. They are a forward thinking
organization with a track record of embracing new developments in healthcare
and they’re a perfect candidate for telemedicine. We look forward to helping
them with their most critical neurology patients.”

About Saint Anthony’s Health Center

Saint Anthony’s Health Center is a two-campus, 199-bed acute care facility
located in Alton, Illinois. Comprised of the Saint Anthony’s Health Center
campus and Saint Clare’s Hospital, the organization offers the latest in
technology and state-of-the-art medicine administered with compassion and
skill. Since 1925, Saint Anthony’s Health Center has been known for
compassionate care and clinical excellence as well as a commitment to the
wellness and healing of every patient they serve.

For more information on Saint Anthony’s Health Center please visit
www.sahc.org.

About Specialists On Call

Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC) is a Joint Commission-accredited organization
that is changing emergency medicine. As the leading provider of emergency
telemedicine consultations, SOC gives hospitals vital 24/7/365 access to more
than 65 board certified, fellowship trained academic specialists, each with a
minimum of 10 years experience. With operations on both coasts, SOC provides
more than 2,500 emergency consultations per month for hospitals nationwide and
hospital systems such as Vanguard Health Systems, HCA, Inc. and Tenet
Healthcare Corporation.

For more information please visit www.specialistsoncall.com.

Contact:

Specialists On Call, Inc.
Amy Levitt
Marketing Director
571-882-0722
levitt@soctelemed.com
 
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